Qualities of Yoga Teachers – Thirty Day Personal Challenge: Day 20

“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself.  You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”  ~Paramahansa Yogananda

Quality 20:  Calm

Good yoga teachers are calm, and they present an aura of steady strength.  Due to their many years of practice and training, their personalities reflect an inner strength that builds confidence in their students.  Just as surely as calm follows a storm, good yoga teachers follow their students’ struggles with a gentle, solid, sure and calm presence that reassures, readjusts and refocuses.

A student who becomes fearful during an inversion practice creates an inner storm that erupts into an outpouring of emotion.  Good yoga teachers recognize and respect the wonderful transformation that has taken place, moving the student beyond her comfort zone and into the process that erected conflicting emotions of both vulnerability and strength.

As the sure calm, good yoga teachers first instill the confidence in their students that they can perform a challenging inversion and then gently reassure and console them in the quiet calm after the storm of fear has passed.

Good yoga teachers resonate calm.  They are the “cool head” in the middle of a raging fire of fear.  They know and understand how fear can strike and paralyze the most courageous of us when confronted with a lingering emotion that we thought was long past.  They lead and guide us through the emotional fires that lie between where we are and where we want to be.

Have you ever encountered a strong emotion while performing yoga ( or any other challenging physical activity)?  How did it make you feel?  Were you transformed by the experience?

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2 responses

  1. Every practice, surrendering to old lingering injuries. Being keen to listen to what my body is telling me. It took me over a year to perform a squat again, to find stillness, awareness and comfort in chair pose. :)

  2. Calm patience with ourselves and our bodies – definitely needed :)

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